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How a Therapy Dog-in-Training is Helping Kids Cope at the Dentist

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As a kid going to the dentist, the best part of the visit is usuallyto the toy chest. But a dental practice in Indiana is giving their young patients something to truly smile about. This year Fishers Pediatric Dentistry introduced a therapy...

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Making the Most of Your Golden Years—Together

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These activities can supplement the good care you already give your pet. Providing optimal nutrition and expert veterinary care, keeping informed on issues related to your specific animals, and making sure that you plan for your pet’s...

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No Pet? No Problem.

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Dr. Buechner-Maxwell says retirees don't always have to commit long-term to benefit from interactions with an animal. “Many shelters welcome volunteers. Fostering rescued pets until a forever home can be identified is another way to...

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Earn Extra Cash

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If you’d like to supplement your retirement income while having fun, getting exercise and fresh air, consider becoming a part-time dog walker. You have the option of working as an employee through a dog-walking service, or venturing out...

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Yoga With Cats and Dogs

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Several studies show yoga to have therapeutic qualities. Per an article published in The International Journal of Yoga, consistent practice may alleviate depression, improve flexibility, and promote optimal cardiovascular function. But...

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Dance the Night Away

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Do you love to do the foxtrot, waltz, or tango? You can now partner with your dog in choreographed dance programs called canine freestyle. According to The World Canine Freestyle Organization, dancing with your dog is a fun sport encompassing...

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Just Breathe

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There’s no rule that says you have to be out and about all the time. Buechner-Maxwell says sharing more time with your pet, even if it’s just to relax on the sofa, can have important benefits. She says this bond benefits us, and...

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Do Good

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Virginia Buechner-Maxwell, DVM, director of the Center for Animal Human Relationships (CENTAUR) at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, recommends certifying your dog as a therapy pet: “Once your dog or other species of...

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Participate in Dog Jogs

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Some animal rescues and shelters hold fundraising events called dog jogs. They are similar to traditional marathons and races, except that you get to compete with your dog. For a small entrance fee, you can run or walk in a friendly environment...

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Discover New Places

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Exploring new places can be an adventure for both you and your four-legged companion. It offers you opportunities to meet new people and broaden your experiences, and your pet will benefit by being exposed to new sights, sounds, and smells. Exploration...

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8 Ways to Enjoy Retirement With Your Pet

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By Paula Fitzsimmons Retirement is the time for slowing down and savoring the rewards of your hard work. Exploring new places, volunteering for that worthy cause you never had time for, and spending more quality time with family—both...

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Tumors

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Tumors in a dog’s mouth can be cancerous or non-cancerous. They occur in different places in the mouth and are most often found in the gum tissue at the back of the throat, Bierbrier says. Even non-cancerous tumors sometimes need to be...

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8 Ways to Enjoy Retirement With Your Pet

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Retirement is the perfect time to spend time with your pet and build the bond you have together. Whether you have a cat or a dog, here are some suggestions for ways you and your pet can enjoy the golden years together.

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Periodontal Disease

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Periodontal disease is an inflammation of some or all of a tooth’s deep supporting structures (the gum tissue that attaches the tooth to the dog’s jaw bone). Over time, tartar from gingivitis builds up under the gums and causes the...

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Gingivitis

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Inflammation of the gums, known as gingivitis, is a very common mouth problem in dogs, says Bierbrier. Gingivitis is caused by the accumulation of food particles and bacteria along the dog’s gum line, which form plaque. Combined with saliva...

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Oral Warts

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Oral warts, caused by the canine oral papillomavirus, are found on the lips, gums and tongue of a dog. Fortunately, warts aren’t a big problem because they eventually fall off on their own (even though they’re unsightly), Stone said....

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Oral Injuries

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Large breeds like the Great Dane, Boerboel and Mastiff are prone to certain mouth injuries such as cuts and broken teeth simply because they’re given things to chew on that are too hard, says Stone (this includes antlers and real bones)....

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Foreign Objects Embedded in Mouth

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One of the most common mouth-related conditions that veterinarians generally see in dogs is injury from foreign objects(like sticks, pieces of mulch or rawhide) embedded in a dog’s mouth, says Dr. Amy Stone, Clinical Assistant Professor...

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Mouth Problems in Dogs

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By Samantha Drake Would you know how to identify and handle these canine mouth conditions? Left untreated, certain mouth problems can cause bleeding, infection and even lead to organ damage, so it’s important to spot the following...

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6 Common Mouth Conditions in Dogs

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Left untreated, certain mouth problems can cause bleeding, infection and even lead to organ damage, so it’s important to spot the following issues (most of which are common in dogs), quickly.

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Use a Robotic Vacuum

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This solution doesn’t come cheap, but Sousan thinks it’s a great option for seniors who feel like they can’t keep up with the dust, dirt, and fur accumulating on their floors. Traditional vacuums are cumbersome for even the...

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Have an Indoor Pooper Scooper

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Although long-handle pooper scoopers are typically relegated to the yard, Sousan thinks they’re a perfect fit for mobility-impaired seniors dealing with potty training challenges inside as well. She suggests collecting the solid waste...

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Consider a Self Cleaning Litter Box

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If bending down to scoop the litter box is physically challenging, try investing in a self-cleaning model that does most of the dirty work for you. Some boxes scoop continuously and leave the clumps in an easy to access disposal section. Keep...

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Use Floor Mats Inside and Outside

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Preemptive paw cleaning can go a long way. Sousan suggests placing dirt-busting mats on both sides of the door so that muddy paws have two opportunities to get clean before coming in the house. Mats created specifically for dogs have a higher...

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Clean With a Microfiber Mop

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Traditional mops and brooms can be tough for seniors with strength challenges, so Owoyemi recommends a microfiber cloth mop for quick floor cleanup. The fabric’s dust-attracting properties make grabbing grime and fur easier, which means...

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